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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Earns Temporary Reprieve in Policy Bill

  • January 7, 2015
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The Air Force will not be able deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field, as soon it had planned as a result of language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill sponsored last year by then-Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). An amendment halting all C-130H and C-130J aircraft transfers until 60 days after the Air Force issues a report outlining a justification of its decision that was added to the Senate version of the measure was included in the compromise legislation enacted last month. The language also calls for the Government Accountability Office to review the Air Force report …

Texas County Supports Measure Alerting Homebuyers about Impacts of Neighboring Installations

  • January 7, 2015
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County commissioners of Guadalupe County, Texas, located on the eastern side of Randolph Air Force Base, last week adopted a resolution supporting legislation requiring homebuyers to be informed about the possible impacts of living near a military installation. The vote followed a presentation by officials from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph about the air base’s economic and operational impacts on Guadalupe County, which lies outside of San Antonio, reported the Seguin Gazette. Randolph features a twin-runway, twin-control tower configuration and records a total of 212,000 takeoffs and landings each year …

State Laws Don’t Increase Pot Use, Army Finds

  • January 7, 2015
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The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has not contributed to an increase in the drug’s use at two of the Army’s largest installations, officials have concluded. In fact, the rate of positive drug tests for marijuana among soldiers at Fort Carson and Joint Base Lewis-McChord dropped since the two states legalized recreational marijuana, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. “With one minor exception, the data is trending downwards, though it remains relatively flat and the changes are statistically insignificant …

Great Falls Approves Partnership Charter with Air Force

  • January 7, 2015
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The Great Falls (Mont.) City Commission on Tuesday approved the charter for the Air Force Community Partnership program, an effort under way over the last year to identify possible functions for which the city or Cascade County and Malmstrom Air Force Base could share services. A task force has been considering partnership opportunities for training, public works, radio communication for emergency responders, economic development and other options, reported the Great Falls Tribune. The Cascade County Commission approved the charter on Dec. 23; leadership at Malmstrom and the 120th Airlift Wing leadership previously approved it. The charter formalizes the process for establishing partnerships between Malmstrom, Great Falls and Cascade County …

Navy Projects Slight Uptick in End Strength by 2020

  • January 6, 2015
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The number of Navy personnel will increase by 3,000 sailors over the next five years to 328,000, according to the service’s current plans. The service now is planning the composition of the fleet of sailors it projects it will need in 2025, reports Military.com. “We kind of have a sense of what the fleet looks like, now we can have conversations about what the sailors of 2025 will look like. It is a matter of attracting and keeping the sailors to man that fleet,” said Cmdr. Chris Servello, spokesman for the chief of Navy Personnel …

One Group Objects to Local Effort to Build Support for Army Installations in Hawaii

  • January 5, 2015
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Local leaders striving to retain the Army’s presence in Hawaii in the face of a restructuring intended to eliminate up to 70,000 troops by fiscal 2020 are being forced to compete with one group that is embracing an Army proposal to shed up to 19,800 soldiers and civilians at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii — in conjunction with the office of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell — has been asking residents to sign a petition demonstrating support for the Army mission on Oahu as part of its “Keep Hawaii’s Heroes” campaign. The chamber said the loss of the soldiers, civilians and 30,000 family members would represent about 5 percent of Hono­lulu’s population …

Independent Commission to Consider Army Size, Force Mix under Authorization Bill

  • December 23, 2014
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An independent commission will make recommendations regarding the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components by Feb. 1, 2016, under the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill President Obama signed the into law last week. H.R. 3979 follows language in the House and Senate Armed Services versions of the annual policy bill calling for an eight-member National Commission on the Future of the Army. The members are slated to be appointed by the president and Congress within 90 days …

Local Officials Confident about Future of Malmstrom AFB

  • December 23, 2014
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Officials in Great Falls, Mont., are confident that Malmstrom Air Force Base will remain a key component of the region’s economy, given the importance of the installation’s nuclear weapons mission. The base is deactivating some nuclear missiles next year, but that is not expected to translate into a loss of personnel or duties, reported the Billings Gazette. Officials say Malmstrom’s mission is expected to remain a vital part of national security for at least 15 years …

Connecticut Governor Reappoints Bob Ross as Military Affairs Director

  • December 22, 2014
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday said he would reappoint Bob Ross as executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs at the beginning of his second term in office next month. Ross has been at the helm of OMA since 2009, when he was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. As executive director, Ross supports Connecticut’s military families, advocates for Connecticut’s defense industries, coordinates efforts to prevent the closure or downsizing of Naval Submarine Base New London, encourages the retention of established military missions and the relocation of new ones to the state, and serves as a liaison to the state’s congressional delegation on defense issues …

Budget Constraints Squeeze Funding for Road Improvements at Growth Bases

  • December 21, 2014
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Transportation requirements at a number of installations, including needs both on-base and outside the gates, are not being met due to severe constraints in military construction funding, according to the House and Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations subcommittees. “This problem is particularly acute on growth installations that serve as host commands for a variety of military departments,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the FY 2015 omnibus spending bill signed into law last week by the president …

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